My critique partners and I were thinking of story themes and decided we would each write a ghost story. I enjoy fantasy and magic but see that more along the lines of historical stories like my time travel series, The Druid Knight Series and the prophecy and curses that are the central point of The Stelton Legacy. But we were writing contemporary stories.
I thought back to books and movies I enjoyed and came upon the movie, The Sixth Sense. In this movie, young Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) is haunted by a dark secret: he is visited by ghosts. Cole is frightened by visitations from ghosts with unresolved problems who appear from the shadows. He is too afraid to tell anyone about his anguish, except child psychologist Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis). As Dr. Crowe tries to uncover the truth about Cole’s supernatural abilities, the consequences for client and therapist are a jolt that awakens them both to something unexplainable.
That is the premise of my story, The Witching Hour.
Lost: One locket filled with timeless memories and a love that should have lasted an eternity.
Rachel Emerson led a charmed life. Steffen Burkett, her greatest love was everything a woman could want, and he was hers. But before the wedding invitations were sent, the wedding was cancelled.
Fast forward thirty years. Rachel returns to her beloved home Havenport Manor on Halloween eve, the day before the house becomes the property of the Historical Society. For years she’s mourned the loss of her locket, her only connection to Steffen. As she searches all over the manor, she is flooded with memories. Going home takes Rachel on a journey of self-discovery and possibly even reconciliation.
An excerpt from The Witching Hour
“I love you. From the very first moment, I saw you. I was so struck by the feeling that I nearly ran you over. We belong together.”
He took her by her shoulders and held her at arm’s length. “You know that don’t you?”
Rachel stared into his brilliant intelligent eyes and her pulse raced. Unable to find her voice, she could only nod a response. Was this just a summer fling? Pam had spent the last few days preparing her for the ‘kiss off.’ Would he go back to Boston and forget all about Havenport—and their summer romance?
He pulled her close. Her head tucked under his chin. “I love you,” he whispered into hair.
“I love you.” The words fell easily from her lips. She had been saying them to herself for days.
He put something in her hand. Startled, she looked in her palm. A locket.
“Forever, Rachel.” With shaking hands, he took the locket and put it around her neck as she stared at him, speechless but jubilant. Her Steffen.
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